Chemical Foodborne Illness
food poisoning can occur when poisons or chemicals are accidentally
added to food.
chemicals that can contaminate food are pest control sprays, cleaners
or food additives.
occurs very quickly after eating the poison (within 1 hour). The body
reject the chemical or poison.
It is very
important to label and store pest control sprays and cleaners in
compartments separate from food. If your space is limited, make sure
chemicals are properly labeled and stored below food to prevent
spillage into the food.
- Always store chemicals in their original
containers or in properly
labeled containers. Never use containers with food labels for chemicals
as people may mistakenly think the chemical is a food product.
- Store acidic foods in plastic containers.
If acidic foods are stored in metal containers (after opening) then the
metals can leach out into the food. Examples of acidic foods: tomatoes,
sauerkraut, lemonade, fruit gelatins etc.
- Always use food additives (for example:
MSG or Monosodium glutamate) and preservatives (for example: sulfate,
sulfite, nitrates, nitrites) in moderation and for certain purposes
only. If these items are used in other ways, they can make people sick.
- Store pesticides away from food, food
packaging, utensils, equipment, etc. Allow only trained professionals
to apply pesticides in a food premise. Properly wash all fruits and
vegetables before use.
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